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While robots aren't the ones doing the cooking and cleaning in today's intelligent homes, smart appliances continue to transform our dwelling places into efficient, functional living spaces. Refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, and dryers can all be connected to the web. This connectivity enables homeowners to operate their homes more efficiently. Learn more about how state-of-the-art smart appliances can help you save money on your energy bills and make everyday living more enjoyable.

Home Energy Monitoring

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Appliance manufacturers like GE, LG, and Whirlpool are giving appliances the capability to monitor their own energy usage. For example, Whirlpool's W Collection of appliances unites leading-edge design with internet connectivity and 6th SENSE technology. These appliances are powered by sensors that enable them to optimize their performance in the home for improved operation. When these appliances are connected to Whirlpool's 6th SENSE Live app, homeowners can control them with their smart devices and view their core energy usage.

If you're concerned about rising home energy costs and want to find ways to control your energy consumption, then smart appliances can be your best ally. With smart appliances, you can:

  • Get an alert if the refrigerator door is left open.
  • Schedule your dishwasher or washing machine to operate in off-peak hours during periods of high energy demand.
  • Turn off an air conditioner remotely with a smartphone.
  • Adjust the cycle time to automatically turn off the dryer when your clothes are dry so that your dryer isn't wasting unnecessary energy.

Cooking With Innovation

The kitchen is the hub of your home, and it's where smart appliances work like kitchen assistants to make your cooking time more productive. Technology innovations in the kitchen touch almost every appliance, from the refrigerator to the oven. Consider how smart technology has transformed the kitchen with the following examples:

  • Powered by ThinQ technology, LG smart refrigerators represent the next generation of kitchen appliances. Using the ThinQ app, you can check the contents inside of your refrigerator without opening the door and adjust the temperature of your fridge and freezer with the touch of a button. With built-in Amazon Alexa, your refrigerator can do the heavy work of writing supermarket lists or updating your family's calendar of activities.
  • Precision cooking is at your fingertips with the WLabs Smart Oven. This oven's auto food recognition technology gives it the ability to distinguish between fresh and frozen foods and cook a variety of foods at precise times and temperatures.
  • Set your table with spotless dishes and glassware thanks to LG dishwashers enhanced with TrueSteam technology. This technology allows the dishwasher to penetrate food residue and minimize water spots during drying. Plus, the four multi-motion spray arms power-clean from multiple angles to get your dishes looking their best.

Ease of Diagnosing Appliance Problems

What happens when you discover your clothes dryer isn't doing its job? Perhaps you'd try to self-diagnose the problem before calling an appliance repair specialist. Smart appliances take the guesswork out of determining what's wrong through their built-in self-diagnostics.

For example, let's say that you discover your refrigerator isn't keeping food cold. A faulty compressor, evaporator, thermostat, or another component could be to blame. You decide to call the appliance manufacturer to report the problem. The manufacturer sends a signal to the appliance and determines that the refrigerator's fan isn't working correctly. A service tech is dispatched to your home with a replacement part. With one call, you can get your appliance repaired and save valuable time diagnosing the problem.

Communication Among Appliances

Internet connection enables you to communicate with your appliances, but it also allows your appliances to communicate with each other. This connected communication feature promotes interoperability among the appliances in your home by maximizing their operating efficiency and saving valuable operating time. To study this interoperability in practice, consider GE's CleanSpeak technology.

GE began introducing CleanSpeak technology in its washers and dryers in 2011. With this technology, the washer can communicate with the dryer and tell it how long it should operate to dry the clothes completely. At the end of a wash cycle, the washer sends a signal to the dryer via the internet about the forthcoming load of laundry. Upon receiving the signal from the washer, the dryer automatically selects an appropriate drying cycle and drying time. All that's left for you to do is load your clothes into the dryer and press the start button.

In an independent test performed by Reviewed, the GE dryer with CleanSpeak technology reduced the overall drying time of clothes by two to 10 minutes. Reviewed testers also noted that this dryer's enhancements can help homeowners save money on their utility bills and take the guesswork out of selecting the correct drying cycle for their laundry.

Remote Monitoring

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Smart appliances offer the convenience of remote monitoring. If you've ever come home and discovered that you forgot about your laundry in the washing machine, then you know what a benefit remote monitoring could provide. Imagine picking up your smartphone, checking the status of your laundry in the wash cycle, and receiving an alert when the load is complete.

This remote monitoring also includes household items such as vacuum cleaners. LG's ThinQ Robotic Vacuum makes quick work of vacuuming your carpets and floors, thanks to the smartphone-connected ThinQ app. Control the vacuum's cleaning schedule remotely, and view live images of your home when you're away.

Smart appliances with their internet connectivity features make everyday living easier for homeowners. With remote monitoring capabilities, communication connections among appliances, and built-in diagnostics, smart appliances enable you to efficiently tackle your daily chores so that you can spend more quality time at home with your family.

When you need quality appliance parts and accessories, turn to Automatic Appliance Parts Corporation. We've been serving the Chicago area for more than four decades with one of the most comprehensive appliance parts inventories in the country. Visit us at one of our seven Illinois branch locations, or call us at 800-323-0270.